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Shoes [dignity of shoes]

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'Too young to understand the dignity of shoes,' Hanes said. — Don DeLillo, Great Jones Street (1973)

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Shoes [dignity of shoes I] [Gouache on paper] | vergrössern © 2019 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

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Shoes [name the parts] [ink pen on paper] | vergrössern © 2019 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

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(...) You'll walk that floor - and wear out your shoes
When you feel your heart break - you're learnin' the blues (...)

— Learnin' the Blues [Song written by Dolores 'Vicki' Silvers; recorded by Frank Sinatra with Nelson Riddle and his Orchestra in 1955]

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I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least - and it is commonly more than that - sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements. — Henry D. Thoreau, Walking (first published in the 'Atlantic Monthly' in 1862)

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Shoes [dignity of shoes II] [Gouache and ink pen on paper] | vergrössern © 2019 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

Shoes [dignity of shoes I] [Gouache on paper]

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Walk [one] [Gouache on music paper] | vergrössern © 2018 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

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Walk [two] [Gouache on music paper] | vergrössern © 2018 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

Shoes/Polypores — [Photographs, 2015/16] · Galerie öffnen

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Underworld (1997) by Don DeLillo

'Sometimes I think the education we dispense is better suited to a fifty-year-old who feels he missed the point the first time around. Too many abstract ideas. Eternal verities left and right. You'd be better served looking at your shoe and naming the parts. You in particular, Shay, coming from the place you come from.' — Underworld, p. 540

'Everyday things represent the most overlooked knowledge. These names are vital to your progress. Quotidian things. If they weren't important, we wouldn't use such a gorgeous Latinate word. Say it,' he said. 'Quotidian.'
'An extraordinary word that suggests the depth and reach of the commonplace.' — Underworld, p. 542

What a wretchedness it was, what a complete humiliation of the spirit. You're like a museum of poverty People walk by and look. The bed, the plates and glasses, the suitcase with your clothes, a pair of old shoes in a paper bag. Imagine shoes. And they walk by and look. Who says this, who says that, who sits in a chair, who points from a car. They should be ashamed to look. A man's shoes on the sidewalk. — Underworld, p. 768

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